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RSPCA urges Gedling borough residents to adopt a dog as it rescues more designer breeds

There are plenty of adorable dogs that need homes in the borough

There are plenty of pooches needing new homes in Gedling borough – and ‘designer dogs’ in particular, as the numbers being rescued increases.

The plea for new homes in the borough for rescued dogs comes as the RSPCA launch their Adoptober campaign.

As part of their campaign, the charity revealed new statistics about breeds being rescued. They revealed 163 dogs in Nottinghamshire were rehomed last year and, while Staffies are still the most rescued breed, designer dogs are appearing more and more in the charity’s rehoming centres.

New national figures have been also been released showing that while pure-breed and crossbreed Staffies, lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German shepherds are still the most common dog to come into its care, more trendy ‘handbag’ breeds and fashionable crossbreeds are also ending up in the charity’s 17 national animal centres. 

The number of chihuahuas coming into the RSPCA’s care has gone up by 700% in the last seven years (14 in 2012 to 112 in 2018), while the number of French bulldogs is up 236%, Dachshunds are up 600% and Pomeranians are up 440%. 

Last year, the RSPCA rescued 192 dogs from abuse and neglect in Nottinghamshire and received 10,848 calls to its 24-hour cruelty hotline about animals in the county.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “Although Staffies, lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German shepherds are still the most common dogs coming into our centres, we are seeing a general decrease in their numbers while seeing an increase in the number of fashionable crossbreeds and so-called designer dogs like Dachshunds and French bulldogs arriving in our care.

“We know that the animals coming into our care tend to reflect general dog ownership trends and there’s been a huge surge in recent years in people buying ‘designer dogs’ and crossbreeds such as cavachons, puggles and cockerpoos. 

“As part of our rehoming drive this October – called Adoptober – we want to shine a light on all of the dogs in our care and encourage people to adopt a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy. All the animals in our care have a lot of love to give and we have a huge variety of dogs in our kennels waiting for homes, of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds.”

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Take a look at these adorable dogs at RSPCA homes in Nottinghamshire and see if you could give one of them a loving forever home.

Hazel

Age: 5

Breed: Greyhound

Where: Radcliffe Animal Centre in Nottingham

A bit about her: Hazel is a gorgeous and placid girl who will make a great companion. She came to the centre in August after the previous owner had a change in circumstances and could not afford to keep her.

Why she’s special: She loves company and enjoys her walks although she can be a bit stubborn at times so it is recommended she is kept on a lead. She may need some house training and takes joint supplements as she gets stiff which is typical of her breed and age. She will make a fantastic loyal friend and is a real treasure.

Ideal home: Hazel can live with other dogs but not cats and is better suited to living with children of a primary school age and upwards.

More information: To find out more about Hazel please visit her page on Find A Pet.

Lola

Age: 1

Breed: Patterdale terrier cross

Where: Radcliffe Animal Centre in Nottingham

A bit about her: Lola is a lovely girl with lots of energy! She can be a little nervous of new people and will need time to allow her to settle.

Why she’s special: She loves attention and cuddles!

Ideal home: Lola could potentially live with cats and other dogs and is better suited living with children of secondary school age.

More information: To find out more about Lola please visit her page on Find A Pet

Patch

Age: Six months

Breed: Jack Russell terrier

Where: Radcliffe Animal Centre in Nottingham

A bit about her: Patch has a lot of energy and needs an active family! He needs a bit of further training but with time and patience he will make a super companion.

Why she’s special: Patch is a lively, bouncy boy

Ideal home: Patch could potentially live with cats and other dogs and is better suited living with children of primary school age.

More information: To find out more about Patch please visit her page on Find A Pet.

To offer an RSPCA rescue dog a new home please visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet to find your paw-fect match. 

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